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Beautiful Weekend on WBUR!

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Last week, Noell and I stopped by WBUR for a chat and mini-ish on-air performance with Radio Boston's Adam Ragusea. The show airs today at 3pm on 90.9FM -- or you can stream it "worldwide at," as I once heard someone say. Update: The audio to this dealie can be found here![...]

Beautiful Weekend CD Available for Pre-Order

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Beautiful Weekend's forthcoming full-length, Holy Hype!, comes out April 17th on Peacock Recordings! It's currently available for pre-order from our Bandcamp page, digitally or on CD. You can also pick up the CD at the release show on April 14th at [...]

April Performances Bring May Rent

I'm happy to report that I'll be joining Evan Ziporyn and MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika for four performances of Evan's piece "Tire Fire" in April. Shows are: 4/5: UMass Lowell 4/13: MIT (Cambridge, MA) 4/20: Philips Academy (Andover, MA) 4/28: Bang on a Can 25th Anniversary Concert, Alice Tul[...]

Beautiful Weekend Full-Length on the Way

We've put the first two songs from our upcoming album Holy Hype! up on our Bandcamp page. The record will be out April 17th on Peacock Recordings.[...]

Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay

I just finished up the music for Sara Ebrahimi's short documentary Norman Schwarzkopf Made Me Gay, which will be debuting this spring at Rooftop Films in NYC. Thanks a bundle to Nikan Milani for the Persian music lesson! [...]

Animal Hospital Ensemble

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Here's a thing: I spent this past weekend playing guitar in Kevin Micka's Animal Hospital Ensemble -- a thirty-something piece group organized to perform three songs from Kevin's 2009 album "Memory." There were two performances; one at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI and the other at M[...]

John Cage Score

While attending a cook-out* at my friend Craig's house this past Saturday to celebrate his total triumph at the deCordova Sculpture Park earlier that day, he pulled out a hand-written John Cage score, composed in 1955 (or, at the very least, gifted in 1955) for a co-worker/friend of his, sculptor Da[...]

Back From London, Working on New Music

The Barbican "Central Market" show was super fun! I met a lot of great people and heard some amazing music!* I'm currently finishing up a a piece for Brooklyn Brass, which will be performed this summer. *Defs check out Gyan Riley, Missy Mazzoli, [...]

Film Music

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I just finished up the music for Mathias Pardo's new film Les Vacances de Victor et Lisa. I HIGHLY recommend working with someone who lives in a time zone that's twelve hours away from you. You get a couple hours in the morning and evening to hang/discuss and you each get to do your actual work w[...]

Vimeo and Quicktime

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I feel obligated to tell the world about this problem after spending hours trying to figure out how to fix it. It would appear that Quicktime saves Vimeo movies in a peculiar way resulting in a "time value error." This became particularly clear to me when attempting to import a Vimeo-downloaded [...]